Knitter’s Pride Zing DPNs.

We recently added a new kind of knitting needle to our regular offerings here at the shop! Meet Knitter’s Pride Zing.

Zing is a lightweight aluminum needle, where each size is a different color, save for the extra-sharp silver points.

They first caught our attention because of their low price, to be honest – we try to stock quality yarns and tools at a range of prices and are always on the lookout for goods that are economical. Everyone has a budget, after all, and less costly does not always mean less quality.

We’re starting small stocking only double pointed Zings for now, waiting to hear back from knitters about their experience trying them before we add circular or straight ones to our collection. Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Needles and hooks.

Knitters have all kinds of preferences when it comes to needles. Smooth, slippery, pointy, blunt, round or square… there are lots of choices, and we try to have a little bit of everything, knowing that these preferences differ from knitter to knitter and from project to project, depending upon what kinds of techniques or fibers are in use.

This week brought two shipments of needles and hooks, bringing us as up to date as possible on our supply of those most essential tools for making stitches.

We carry a variety of metal needles from Skacel, including Addi Turbo, Lace, and Rockets. They reside in a chest of drawers reminiscent of a card catalog, sorted first by type and length, then by size.

Our wooden needles include Knitter’s Pride Naturalz and Cubics, both made of laminated birch, and some Crystal Palace bamboo needles. We also stock Knitter’s Pride Karbonz, a graphite needle with nickel-plated brass points.

For crochet hooks, we keep Knitter’s Pride Dreamz hooks in stock as well as two types of Addi hooks – straight handled and the ergonomically-designed Swing hooks.

Come by the shop for needles and hooks as well as yarn! We’ll happily talk through the options with you, helping to pinpoint which tools are right for your preferences and project. See you at the shop!

Back in stock: Knitter’s Pride needles.

Our Annual Inventory Sale left us with some big holes in our supply of Knitter’s Pride needles, so it was with great relief that I unpacked an absolutely enormous shipment of needles this past week. Now they’re all here: circular and double pointed Dreamz, Cubics, and Karbonz needles. We even got a set of the new Karbonz interchangeable circular needles, which boasts the smallest interchangeable needle points we’ve seen yet, with a range from US #2.5 – #10.

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All three needle types have different qualities, which make them better suited to some tasks than others. Every knitter seems to have a favorite or two, usually depending upon what kind of yarn or project they’re using it for. The right tool can make a huge difference in the process of knitting. Sometimes it’s the difference between frustration and joy, or the difference between giving up and finishing a project.

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We’re always happy to hear knitters’ feedback on different needle types, as it helps us to advise other knitters as they’re choosing the right needles for any given fiber or project. What are your favorite needles, and why?